Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes: Dahon Presto, Trek MTB, Randonee
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I have toured Maui a few times including riding up, and then down, Haleakala twice. I’ve watched a lot of tour groups go down while I was riding up. The group rides are very restricted as far as the speed they allow you to travel. They usually have a guide up front and a van in the back. There also seems to be bike rental shops that will rent you a bike and drop to at the top, leaving you to find your way back to their shop independently. With this arrangement to are free to travel at your own speed. Sorry, I don’t have any specifics.
On your way down, I recommend a stop at the shop next to Kula Lodge. They have great coffee and snacks, a nice seating area, and clean bathrooms.
Also, I have heard repeatedly that normal rim breaks will get so hot that you can blow your tire, but neither myself or any companions had any problems.
Have fun. I was grinning ear to ear both times I rode down.